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Palm Meadows Blazes Trail With First Standing MRI

First Track or Training Center in North America to Have Standing MRI
Palm Meadows Blazes Trail With First Standing MRI

sMRI module at Palm Meadows training center

Palm Meadows, the satellite training center of Gulfstream Park and state-of-the-art facility designed by Frank Stronach, has become the first racetrack or training center in North America to have a standing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) unit.

The standing MRI at Palm Meadows is the result of a cooperative relationship between Gulfstream Park and John Peloso, DVM, senior owner of Equine Medical Center of Ocala. The standing MRI is manufactured by Hallmarq Veterinary Imaging Ltd, in Surrey in the United Kingdom. Hallmarq manufactures the only MRI system that allows scans of the equine foot and lower limb to be done in a standing position without general anaesthesia.

"I believe this is a comment on Mr. Stronach's commitment to improving safety both for the horse and the jockey and the integrity of the sport," Peloso said. “The standing MRI has been used successfully in Newmarket, Dubai, Hong Kong and Japan to identify the early warning signs of fetlock fracture in the Thoroughbred racehorse”.

 

A number of equine publications have included this announcement in their news sections:

The Horse magazine

Bloodhorse.com

Paulick Report